Vice Provost and Dean of Research
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Assistant Professor of Management Science and Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMelissa Valentine is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Management Science and Engineering Department, and co-director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization (WTO).
Prof Valentine's research focuses on understanding how new technologies change work and organizations. She conducts in-depth observational studies to develop new understanding about new forms of organizing. Her work makes contributions to understanding classic and longstanding challenges in designing groups and organizations (e.g., the role of hierarchy, how to implement change, team stability vs. flexibility) but also brings in deep knowledge of how the rise of information technology has made possible new and different team and organizational forms. Her most recent study examined how the deployment of new algorithms changed the organizational structure of a retail tech company.
Prof. Valentine has won awards for both research and teaching. She and collaborators won a Best Paper Award at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and the Outstanding Paper with Practical Implications award from the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management. In 2013, she won the Organization Science/INFORMS dissertation proposal competition and received her PhD from Harvard University.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy primary research interests lie at the intersection of algorithms, learning, applied probability, and statistics. I am particularly interested in understanding the algorithmic and information theoretic possibilities and limitations for many fundamental information extraction tasks that underly real-world machine learning and data-centric applications.
Assistant Director, Laboratory Chemical & Physical Safety Program, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
Current Role at StanfordCurrent Role: Assistant Director, Laboratory Chemical and Physical Safety Program., and Manager, Animal Research Occupational Health and Safety Program, Department of Environmental Health and Safety
I have been a part of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Stanford University since 2012. My original role was as a Biosafety and Biosecurity Specialist to support the ongoing development and implementation of Stanford's Biosafety and Biosecurity Program and ensure safe practices, understanding, and compliance for work done using infectious agents and recombinant DNA. I was promoted to Senior Biosafety and Biosecurity Specialist in 2017, and became Program Manager for the Animal Research Occupational Health and Safety Program. In 2020, I transitioned to my current role of Assistant Director, Laboratory Chemical and Physical Safety Program.
I lead the ongoing development and implementation of Stanford's Laboratory Chemical and Physical Safety Program, and ensure safe practices, understanding, and compliance for work done in a wide array of research labs. I lead and direct a team of 8 management and professional personnel to oversee a broad spectrum of environmental, health and safety programs of significant scope and complexity, and oversee subordinate managers with large program responsibilities. I define and direct the overall activities of the group, and allocate appropriate staffing and other resources to achieve objectives, including development and direction of related policies.
I also directly oversee the Animal Research Occupational Health & Safety Program, which serves a centralized point of contact for people seeking help relating to animal and EH&S issues. This program helps bring together groups within EH&S, as well as EH&S and other Stanford departments, to address safety and health issues relating to animals. These issues can fall under a wide range of topics, including biosafety, chemical safety, ergonomics, occupational injury & illness, trainings, lab safety, radiation safety, housing requirements, animal allergies, lasers and PPE. This program serves the research community, but also any staff, student or faculty who interacts with or works in proximity to animals on campus.
My overall goal in my role as Assistant Director is to support the Stanford research community in performing innovative and exciting research safely.